Venezuela, which is considered to be the favorite to win the 5th World Baseball Classic (WBC), won all four games in the first round and secured first place in Group D.

Venezuela defeated Israel 5-1 in the 4th Group D match of the first round of the tournament held at Londipo Park in Miami, Florida on the 16th (Korean time). As a result, Venezuela, which has secured first place in Group D with four wins, will face off against the United States (3 wins and 1 loss), second in Group C, at the same place on the 18th at 8:00 am for a ticket to the semifinals.메이저사이트

Venezuela also defeated Israeli starting pitcher Robert Stark with a strong hitting line. In the top of the first inning, a walk by Jose Altuve (Houston Astros) and a left-handed hit by Anthony Santander (Baltimore Orioles) resulted in a chance with second out, first and third base, and a timely hit by Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) scored the first run. Andres Jimenez (Cleveland Guardians) walked, and Eugenio Suárez (Seattle Mariners) doubled the bases to 3-0.

Venezuela added two solo shots by Eduardo Escobar (New York Mets) in the top of the 4th inning and Suarez in the top of the 6th to seal the game. Suárez became the number one contributor to the victory, wielding a heavy hit of 4 at-bats, 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Starting pitcher Jesus Lusardo (Miami Marlins) also laid the foundation for victory with a good pitching of 4 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts and no runs in 4 innings.

Venezuela boasted a stable pitching balance of 23 points and 9 runs in 4 games in the first round. In all three games, except for the match against Puerto Rico, which was won 9-6, the opponent’s batting line was tied to one point, proving the qualifications of the championship candidate.
The matchup for the quarterfinals in Miami was decided on the 18th with Mexico (3-1), the 1st place in Group C, Puerto Rico (3-1), the 2nd place in Group D, and Venezuela and the United States on the 19th.

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